The Rapoport Center Welcomes Postgraduate Fellow for Two-Year Appointment
By Kate Hull, Rapoport Center Undergraduate Intern, Fall 2008
Kaleema Al-Nur, the Rapoport Center's 2008-2010 Postgraduate Fellow in Human Rights.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is pleased to welcome Kaleema Haidera Al-Nur as the recipient of its 2008-2010 Postgraduate Fellowship in Human Rights. As the Postgraduate Fellow, Kaleema will organize a number of the Center's advocacy and outreach projects, including the fact-finding delegation to Ecuador over spring break to investigate the land rights of Afro-descendant communities. She will also work closely with the Human Rights Scholars and LLILAS Fellow, counsel students interested in internships and fellowships in international human rights, and coordinate the development of the undergraduate human rights curriculum.
“We are honored to have Kaleema as the newest addition to the Rapoport team, and are looking forward to all that can be accomplished with her skills and dedication to human rights” said Karen Engle, the Center's Director. Professor Engle noted that Kaleema was selected from a large and competitive pool of applicants, but that she stood out in large part because of her dedication to working with the African diaspora in the Americas and her experience with human rights education and internships at the undergraduate and professional levels.
Kaleema holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of the Spirit of Valerie Gordon Human Rights Book Award (2006) and the Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Award (2008). Under Northeastern's unique cooperative education program, Kaleema completed legal internships with the Serious Felony Division of the North Carolina Office of the Public Defender, the Women's Rights and Gender Unit of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. Relevant to the work of the Center, Kaleema also worked with the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services to explore the possibility of redress through the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights for victims of the infamous New Bedford Immigration raid.
Kaleema holds an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with dual concentrations in International Human Rights and Spanish from the ‘Global College' program of Long Island University, Southampton, NY. As an undergraduate, she completed internships in Costa Rica with Feminist International Radio Endeavour (F.I.R.E.) and in Peru with Amnesty International. She also pursued international human rights studies in London and completed an in-depth research project on the Canary Islands' movement for independence from Spain. Kaleema is also an alum of V.I.S.T.A (Volunteers in Service to America), a Kennedy-era domestic poverty fighting initiative.
“I was raised in the tradition of the activist-scholar. This opportunity resonated with me because the Center embraces a similar Spirit of bridging scholarship and advocacy. It's a critical intersection.” Kaleema said. She voices her thoughts on the road ahead for human rights advocates, “Our challenge is to make human rights a tool relevant to our lives and struggles.”
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law serves as a focal point for critical discussion and policy analysis of human rights law and advocacy. Thanks to generous support from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, the Center connects students, practitioners and academics engaged in the interdisciplinary study of human rights both locally and globally.